Vandana Shiva makes excellent points here about 
the integration of all life and corporate 
attempts to commercialize it even further. But 
one claim troubled me. Is it an example of 
Vandana falling into conspiratorial overreach?

She writes that "on March 26, 2020, at a peak of 
the coronavirus pandemic and in the midst of the 
lockdown, Microsoft was granted a patent by the 
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 
Patent WO 060606 declares that ‘Human Body 
Activity associated with a task provided to a 
user may be used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency system…."

As far as I can tell, Microsoft, however, has NOT 
(yet) been granted such a patent. See application 

But the rest of what Vandana writes seems 
accurate. And it is reflective of a holistic vision of life that I share.

The corporate behemoth did apply for a patent, 
number WO2020060606A1 and then published that application.

Right wing blogs have gone to town on this. Some 
make a big deal in announcing that "the first 
inventor listed is a jew named Dustin Abramson, 
who is a software engineer working with AI. Here 
is a 
to the patent and here is the 
<>archive of it in case the original is taken down."

To them, the fact that Abramson is Jewish (most 
likely) seems to matter. Why? No mention is made 
of the others listed as "inventors" and "agents":

    * ABRAMSON, Dustin
    * FU, Derrick
    * JOHNSON, Joseph Edwin, JR.
    * MINHAS, Sandip S.
    * CHEN, Wei-Chen Nicholas
    * HINOJOSA, Brianna L.
    * HOLMES, Danielle J.
    * SWAIN, Cassandra T.  [patent attorney at 
Microsoft, head of patent team.]
    * WONG, Thomas S.
    * CHOI, Daniel
    * HWANG, William C.
    * WIGHT, Stephen A.
    * CHATTERJEE, Aaron C.
    * JARDINE, John S.
    * GOLDSMITH, Micah P.
    * TRAN, Kimberly
    * PEREZ, Edgar

The Q'Anon movement says that this is patent 
"666" -- the sign of the devil -- and that the 
"WO" stands for "World Order". The fact is that 
millions of patent applications before WIPO are 
assigned "WO," which signifies "World 
Intellectual Property Organization" and the year of application.

A1 signifies the patent is being applied for, but 
is not (yet) granted, though it well might be, down the road.

So are the remaining numbers 060606 the sign of the devil?

Evocative? Yes. How to interpret this -- the word 
of God warning everyone against Satan? A randomly 
selected designation -- the next number in line? 
or a number chosen by Gates or some other being 
to scare us, or warn us, or play with our heads?

Q'Anon and others say that patent application, if 
granted, would allow Gates et al. to 1) implant 
microchips into every person in the world, and 2) 
track and commericalize body activity. (Note that 
these are two separate claims that are being conflated.)

Microchips, Q says, are to be injected via this 
patent into every human being via Bill Gates' 
push for worldwide vaccination against Covid-19.

But the patent application is for wearable 
technology, such as a smart watch, and makes no 
mention of implanted microchips.

Instead, think of FitBits. Or, as per Microsoft, 
merging with BitCoins to form FitBitCoins.

Meanwhile, it's clear that the new 5G technology 
is needed to accumulate, access, quickly sort 
through, and commercialize such huge amounts of data.

Even debunking the idea of microchipping 
everyone, the commercialization of human 
biological activites (breathing, heart rate, 
blood pressure, sweating, etc.) is scary enough. 
It is capitalism, taken to the nth degree. Like 
genetic engineering, it seeks to colonize and 
profit from areas of life that had heretofore 
been walled off from direct commercialization.

Could the reason for getting us to stand six feet 
apart (as opposed to 4 feet, or 17 feet, etc.) be 
to enable satellites and other computerized 
"collectors" (which is what Microsoft's 
application actually includes) to obtain clear 
signals from each person, without one person's 
information signal interfering with another 
person's? Are we unknwowing victims of a 
social-psych experiment performed on us that 
takes advantage of the pandemic to prepare us for 
getting used to and accepting what's coming down?

I searched through other patent applications 
numbered 060606, and there are hundreds upon 
hundreds, with no relation to this Microsoft patent application:

WO - 26.03.2009
11/03 Appl.No PCT/EP2008/060606 Applicant 

This one actually sounds interesting:
WO - 13.12.2012
36/28 Appl.No PCT/EP2012/060606 Applicant NESTEC S.A. Inventor DURGA, Jane
The invention pertains to a composition 
comprising chicory, particularly roasted chicory 
root,for use in the prevention or treatment of a 
neurodegenerative disorder and/or a loss of 
cognitive ability. In a further aspect, the 
invention pertains to a non-therapeutic method 
for maintaining mental or cognitive capabilities.

What patent applications were numbered 060604, 05, 07?

Well, 060604 is also filed by Microsoft and it 
looks to be possibly related to providing 
functionality to the patent application under question:
Examples of the present disclosure describe 
systems and methods that provide a pipeline to 
generate personalized queries that are associated 
with and based on a user's interests determined 
from a user's past searches, on an Internet 
search engine, and/or the content the user viewed 
from the past searches. The suggested queries can 
be shown in a user interface component associated 
with the user interface of the search engine and 
before the user enters anything, such as a new 
Internet search. This pre-population of searches 
associated with a user's interests gives an 
opportunity to the user to try these queries 
without manually entering in a search string.

What about 060605? Also filed by Microsoft, and also interrelated:
The present disclosure discloses a technique for 
generating nearest neighbor searching strategy 
for vectors based on reinforcement learning. A 
searching technology using vectors approximate 
matching may be applied in a searching engine. 
More particularly, the searching engine may be 
subjected to a training by suing a reinforcement 
learning so that a mapping relationship between a 
calculation state and a behavior action may be 
obtained. The searching engine may automatically 
generate a searching strategy for an enquiry 
content by using the mapping relationship.

How about 060607? Filed by Western Digital 
Technologies, it's also apprently applicable to 
the Microsoft patent applications (interesting 
that these all are located in the same patent 
sequences, as though nothing else in the world is 
being invented in that period!)
Non-limiting examples of the present disclosure 
relate to execution of in-situ manufacturing for 
a data storage device. In-situ manufacturing is 
on-location configuration of a data storage 
device within an operational environment in which 
a data storage device is being deployed. In-situ 
manufacturing occurs at any point after a data 
storage device is shipped from a manufacturing 
plant or factory. When an operational environment 
of the data storage device is known, parameters 
of the data storage device can be configured (or 
re-configured) on-location within an operational 
environment to optimize capacity management as 
well as performance of the data storage device.
We should be examining others in proximity to these.

Vandana Shiva is, I think, onto something. And so 
are some claims of those movements deemed to be 
"conspiracies" and thereby dismissed as "serious" by the Left.

Vandana points to a way to challenge what's 
coming down without feeding into right-wing 
insanities, while addressing some of the 
underlying concerns that motivate many people to 
join movements like Q'Anon -- concerns that are 
being manipulated by Trump and others and 
distorted to serve a white supremacist and fascist agenda.

The Left, on the other hand, must take those 
concerns seriously, show how the underlying 
concerns are valid, and organize those same 
people into focused actions directed at the 
system itself and not onto the scapegoats the 
right wing is misleading people against.

- Mitchel Cohen

"The dystopia is one where children never return 
to schools, do not have a chance to play, do not 
have friends. It is a world without society, 
without relationships, without love and friendship. "
- Vandana Shiva

September 24, 2020

Gates’ Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life

by <>Vandana Shiva


Photograph Source: Billionaires Success – 
<>CC BY 2.0

In March 2015, Bill Gates showed an image of the 
coronavirus during a TED Talk and told the 
audience that it was what the greatest 
catastrophe of our time would look like. The real 
threat to life, he said, is 
missiles, but microbes.’ When the coronavirus 
pandemic swept over the earth like a tsunami five 
years later, he revived the war language, 
describing the pandemic as ‘a world war’.

‘The coronavirus pandemic pits all of humanity against the virus,’ he said.

In fact, the pandemic is not a war. The pandemic 
is a consequence of war. A war against life. The 
mechanical mind connected to the money machine of 
extraction has created the illusion of humans as 
separate from nature, and nature as dead, inert 
raw material to be exploited. But, in fact, we 
are part of the biome. And we are part of the 
virome. The biome and the virome are us. When we 
wage war on the biodiversity of our forests, our 
farms, and in our guts, we wage war on ourselves.

The health emergency of the coronavirus is 
inseparable from the health emergency of 
extinction, the health emergency of biodiversity 
loss, and the health emergency of the climate 
crisis. All of these emergencies are rooted in a 
mechanistic, militaristic, anthropocentric 
worldview that considers humans separate from­and 
superior to­other beings. Beings we can own, 
manipulate, and control. All of these emergencies 
are rooted in an economic model based on the 
illusion of limitless growth and limitless greed, 
which violate planetary boundaries, and destroy 
the integrity of ecosystems and individual species.

New diseases arise because a globalized, 
industrialized, inefficient agriculture invades 
habitats, destroys ecosystems, and manipulates 
animals, plants, and other organisms with no 
respect for their integrity or their health. We 
are linked worldwide through the spread of 
diseases like the coronavirus because we have 
invaded the homes of other species, manipulated 
plants and animals for commercial profits and 
greed, and cultivated monocultures. As we 
clear-cut forests, as we turn farms into 
industrial monocultures that produce toxic, 
nutritionally empty commodities, as our diets 
become degraded through industrial processing 
with synthetic chemicals and genetic engineering, 
and as we perpetuate the illusion that earth and 
life are raw materials to be exploited for 
profits, we are indeed connecting. But instead of 
connecting on a continuum of health by protecting 
biodiversity, integrity, and self-organization of 
all living beings, including humans, we are connected through disease.

to the International Labour Organization, ‘1.6 
billion informal economy workers (representing 
the most vulnerable in the labour market), out of 
a worldwide total of two billion and a global 
workforce of 3.3 billion, have suffered massive 
damage to their capacity to earn a living. This 
is due to lockdown measures and/or because they 
work in the hardest-hit sectors.’ According to 
the World Food Programme, 
quarter of a billion additional people will be 
pushed to hunger and 300,000 could die every day. 
These, too, are pandemics that are killing 
people. Killing cannot be a prescription for saving lives.

Health is about life and living systems. There is 
no ‘life’ in the paradigm of health that Bill 
Gates and his ilk are promoting and imposing on 
the entire world. Gates has created global 
alliances to impose top-down analysis and 
prescriptions for health problems. He gives money 
to define the problems, and then he uses his 
influence and money to impose the solutions. And 
in the process, he gets richer. His ‘funding’ 
results in an erasure of democracy and 
biodiversity, of nature and culture. His 
‘philanthropy’ is not just philanthrocapitalism. It is philanthroimperialism.

The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have 
revealed even more clearly how we are being 
reduced to objects to be controlled, with our 
bodies and minds as the new colonies to be 
invaded. Empires create colonies, colonies 
enclose the commons of the indigenous living 
communities and turn them into sources of raw 
material to be extracted for profits. This 
linear, extractive logic is unable to see the 
intimate relations that sustain life in the 
natural world. It is blind to diversity, cycles 
of renewal, values of giving and sharing, and the 
power and potential of self-organising and 
mutuality. It is blind to the waste it creates 
and to the violence it unleashes. The extended 
coronavirus lockdown has been a lab experiment for a future without humanity.

On March 26, 2020, at a peak of the coronavirus 
pandemic and in the midst of the lockdown, 
Microsoft was granted a patent by the World 
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Patent 
WO 060606 declares that ‘Human Body Activity 
associated with a task provided to a user may be 
used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency system….’

The ‘body activity’ that Microsoft wants to mine 
includes radiation emitted from the human body, 
brain activities, body fluid flow, blood flow, 
organ activity, body movement such as eye 
movement, facial movement, and muscle movement, 
as well as any other activities that can be 
sensed and represented by images, waves, signals, 
texts, numbers, degrees, or any other information or data.

The patent is an intellectual property claim over 
our bodies and minds. In colonialism, colonisers 
assign themselves the right to take the land and 
resources of indigenous people, extinguish their 
cultures and sovereignty, and in extreme cases 
exterminate them. Patent WO 060606 is a 
declaration by Microsoft that our bodies and 
minds are its new colonies. We are mines of ‘raw 
material’­the data extracted from our bodies. 
Rather than sovereign, spiritual, conscious, 
intelligent beings making decisions and choices 
with wisdom and ethical values about the impacts 
of our actions on the natural and social world of 
which we are a part, and to which we are 
inextricably related, we are ‘users.’ A ‘user’ is 
a consumer without choice in the digital empire.

But that’s not the totality of Gates’ vision. In 
fact, it is even more sinister­to colonise the 
minds, bodies, and spirits of our children before 
they even have the opportunity to understand what 
freedom and sovereignty look and feel like, beginning with the most vulnerable.

In May 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York 
announced a partnership with the Gates Foundation 
to ‘reinvent education.’ Cuomo called Gates a 
visionary and argued that the pandemic has 
created ‘a moment in history when we can actually 
incorporate and advance [Gates’] ideas…all these 
buildings, all these physical classrooms­why with all the technology you have?’

In fact, Gates has been trying to dismantle the 
public education system of the United States for 
two decades. For him students are mines for data. 
That is why the indicators he promotes are 
attendance, college enrollment, and scores on a 
math and reading test, because these can be 
easily quantified and mined. In reimagining 
education, children will be monitored through 
surveillance systems to check if they are 
attentive while they are forced to take classes 
remotely, alone at home. The dystopia is one 
where children never return to schools, do not 
have a chance to play, do not have friends. It is 
a world without society, without relationships, without love and friendship.

As I look to the future in a world of Gates and 
Tech Barons, I see a humanity that is further 
polarized into large numbers of ‘throw away’ 
people who have no place in the new Empire. Those 
who are included in the new Empire will be little more than digital slaves.

Or, we can resist. We can seed another future, 
deepen our democracies, reclaim our commons, 
regenerate the earth as living members of a One 
Earth Family, rich in our diversity and freedom, 
one in our unity and interconnectedness. It is a 
healthier future. It is one we must fight for. It is one we must claim.

We stand at a precipice of extinction. Will we 
allow our humanity as living, conscious, 
intelligent, autonomous beings to be extinguished 
by a greed machine that does not know limits and 
is unable to put a break on its colonisation and 
destruction? Or will we stop the machine and 
defend our humanity, freedom, and autonomy to protect life on earth?

The above is excerpted from Vandana Shiva’s book 
vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom 
(Chelsea Green Publishing, August 2020) and is 
reprinted with permission from the publisher.